i was watching a tutorial where the text was placed over a texture, and then using stencil alpha the text had the background texture applied to it and the background dissapeared. i followed the steps but when i apply stencil alpha to the text layer everything turns black....in fact none of my blend modes work except normal. is there a reason why i'm not getting the desired effect? thanks
If for example you had "White Text" and a "Background" that you wanted to appear in the white text you would need to:
Have background in bottom layer and white text in top layer, make sure they are in there own group. Apply Stencil Luma to White text. In timing pane or project pane right click on the group and choose blend mode, Normal. It is set to pass through by default so everything below those two layers disappear.
I prefer doing an Image Mask which is the same thing but you don't have the pass through problems. Be sure to click on this link to check out my Creating a Hologram video tutorial. You will learn about Image Masks in the middle of the tutorial. Best of luck and hope this helps.
i'm about to check out the tutorial you posted to learn about the masks, because i did try what you said and now all i'm getting is the white text itself goes missing, but the background stays intact. i have both background and white text in their own groups, text over the background. BG layer and group are set to normal, text is stencil alpha and its group is normal also. totally confused.
Just two layers, with the upper (text) layer set to "Stencil Alpha".
This is the result:
It works just the same if you put the text layer and the image layer in separate groups.
Also, remember that the stencil acts on *every* group/layer that is beneath it. That's the main difference between a stencil and a mask; a mask will only act on the specific layer or group it is applied to, so if you want a mask to affect every layer/group in your project, you need to put all those layers/groups into one uber-group and then apply the mask to that. Whereas if you use a stencil, it just needs to be the topmost layer in the project, and it will affect every single layer/group beneath it.
Here is a link to a project file that will show you how to do it: 1180_luma.motn.zip
Once again, I prefer to do an mage Mask which is the same thing but you don't have the pass through problems. Be sure to click on this link to check out my Creating a Hologram video tutorial. You will learn about Image Masks in the middle of the tutorial.